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How Hot and Humid Singapore Is Trying to Cool Itself Down

Rachel Pek, a research assistant, pulling "Smarty", a device that tracks radiation from the atmosphere and surfaces and wind, during a "Cooling Singapore" survey.
The New York Times Online
01 Aug 2022
Hot & Humid

Fourteen volunteers, six climate researchers and a mobile biometeorological cart named “Smarty” prepared to set off for a “heat walk” in the Southeast Asian city-state’s downtown area. The volunteers had strapped on devices to measure their heart rates and the temperature of their skin. SMU Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society Winston Chow, the leader researcher, and his team are part of Cooling Singapore, a multi-institutional project that was launched in 2017 with funding from the Singapore government. The project’s current goal is to build a computer model, or “digital urban climate twin,” of Singapore, which would allow policymakers to analyse the effectiveness of various heat mitigation measures before spending money on solutions that might not work. It is research that the Singapore government hopes can be replicated around the world. Assoc Prof Chow said getting a handle on the critical component of climate that really affects discomfort can help a lot with smarter urban design at the planning level, or with how individuals deal with heat.